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Eriksen goal for Tottenham sets up Champions League showdown with Barcelona

On the up: Christian Eriksen hurdles as he watches his winning goal hit the back of the net PICTURE: REX

Tottenham 1-0 Inter Milan

CHRISTIAN ERIKSEN threw Tottenham a Champions League lifeline last night with a dramatic late winner.

Spurs, eliminated by Juventus in the knockout stages last term, were heading for another exit at the hands of Italian opposition at Wembley as they toiled to break down a disciplined Inter Milan defence.

But Eriksen, who had not scored since the 2-1 defeat to the Serie A side in September, left the bench to smash in the only goal in the 80th minute.

Moussa Sissoko broke with pace down the right to find Dele Alli and the England star’s exquisite touch set up Eriksen to blast in from 12 yards.

Tottenham now need to match Inter’s result in the final group stage, which probably means beating Barcelona at the Nou Camp next month. Inter arrived in London having won eight of their nine previous league games but Spurs had lost to just Manchester City and Barcelona in their last 13 outings.

Tottenham started brightly and Lucas Moura was sent tumbling in the Inter area by a challenge from Matteo Politano but the Brazilian was not awarded a penalty.

Alli then fired over after a strong run from Harry Kane took him past three defenders. And as Spurs continued to press forward, Harry Winks hit the bar with a curling effort from 20 yards.

Jan Vertonghen, back from a hamstring injury, headed a deep free-kick from substitute Eriksen’s first touch just wide as tension mounted.

Inter rarely threatened but Hugo Lloris saved well from Ivan Perisic before Eriksen pounced to seal victory.